Tackle IT! Programme Introduction

Tackle IT! key messages;

  • Celebrating the diversity within Rugby League
  • Zero tolerance to discrimination prejudice and abuse relating to gender, gender identity, race, disability, age, faith or sexual orientation
  • Importance of reporting any unacceptable language and behaviour.

 Tackle IT! Education resource pack overview

This education pack has been developed to support the RFL Tackle IT! programme comprising a DVD and a suite of posters. The pack consists of an assembly/ tutorial session followed by four lesson plans with teacher notes as well as activities, project work and a Rugby League fact file.

It is intended that the Tackle IT! programme can be delivered by teachers with little or no prior knowledge of Rugby League as all the information required to compete the activities is contained within this pack. However a partnership with the local Rugby League club will enhance the programme and learning experience for pupils as well as providing local information and role models.

Target group

The Tackle IT! education pack is suitable for years 7 – 13 although it will be important to select activities that are appropriate to the academic levels of the pupils and their levels of maturity.

Curriculum links

Tackle IT! programme can support schools to meet the requirements of the PSHE and citizenship curriculum using sport as a vehicle to better understand equity and diversity, discuss the benefits of inclusion to school, sport and wider society and to explore Rugby League’s experience of translating policy into action.

In addition the Tackle IT! programme is particularly relevant to students undertaking A Level in PE Sport and Society module as well as other sports and PE related qualifications which includes modules on inclusion.

The activities provided within the education pack also include developing the ability to critically evaluate, discuss and analyse as well as generating opportunities for using media, English, art and design in developing their own Equality and Diversity projects in an extended learning project.

Citizenship Curriculum

Education for citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.

Citizenship encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

Citizenship addresses issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, and encourages pupils to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. It helps young people to develop their critical skills, consider a wide range of political, social, ethical and moral problems, and explore opinions and ideas other than their own. They evaluate information, make informed judgements and reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future. They learn to argue a case on behalf of others as well as themselves and speak out on issues of concern.

Citizenship equips pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world. (Department of education)

The following Tackle IT! education pack will enable a school to achieve the three principles of effective citizenship education as set out by the Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools; to develop social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy through the vehicle of Rugby League.

Tackle IT! and the Citizenship Curriculum

The Tackle IT! education programme embodies the central tenet of citizenship as described above. Tackle IT! education programme is a vehicle that will enable schools to achieve many of the objectives of the citizenship curriculum with actives that include the following key concepts:

  • Democracy and Justice
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Identities and Diversity: living together in UK.

In addition the range of activities has been designed to ensure pupils develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and enquiry
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Taking informed and responsible action.

Tackle IT! Developing a Club Focus

The DVD and posters have been developed by the RFL in order to provide a national programme around celebrating diversity and tackling unacceptable language and behaviour. And although these cannot be changed to provide a local or regional emphasis there are several ways clubs can develop the educational resources to address this issue.

Fact File:

The classroom based activities are based on the Rugby League fact file where additional information can be added to provide a local focus. The education pack, which will be available online in 2013 as a pdf file, will have sections within the document where local information can be added to further enhance the resource and ensure it is relevant to the local communities;

  • Identify local ambassadors to represent each of the strands (gender, race, age, disability, faith sexual orientation)  – add their photos to the fact file
  • Interviews with each ambassador about their experience of Rugby League
  • Include local inclusion initiatives i.e. if you have a girls programme or disabled spectators association
  • Local Equality facts and information relating to each strand i.e. BME players, women employees coaches, oldest masters player, generations of fans.

This information can either be added to the fact file by the club in advance of any sessions with schools in the local area, alternatively clubs could work with the school to develop the information so that students have the opportunity to interview players, coaches and staff members as part of the Tackle IT! project.

Posters and DVD

Lesson four is a project based activity with an opportunity for pupils at a school or young people attending a club to develop a local Tackle IT! programme and develop posters and a DVD based on the RFL versions featuring local ambassadors. Make sure you are confident that the individuals you identify and feature in posters and on DVD are suitable. Just because someone comes from a minority community does not mean they will necessarily either want to be an ambassador or be suitable as a role model.

Additional partnership opportunities between schools and clubs

  • Ticketing initiative
  • Feature the finished equalities projects completed by the pupils on the club website or display at the club/ film premier if projects are dvd based.
  • Competition and at the end of the project a panel/ fans vote and decide which entrant is the best and award prizes such as match hospitality, meet players or even the winning dvd/ posters are used by the club.
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